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ARRL CEO Howard Michael (WB2ITX) discusses ARRL future.


Welcome to the Saturday edition of “Big Island ARRL News”.  Views expressed in this amateur/ham radio news article are those of the reporters and correspondents.  Content provided by Bob Witte (K0NR).

Accessed on 26 January 2019, 2045 UTC, Post 850.

Source:

Bob Witte (K0NR)

http://www.konr.com/wordpress

Please scroll down to read Bob’s compete report.

Summary:   A new future is evolving for the American Radio Relay League (ARRL).  On 05 January 2019, newly appointed ARRL CEO Howard Michael (WB2ITX) spoke at the Ham Radio University event and outlined what he believed the ARRL should do maintain its membership, appeal to newly licensed radio amateurs, and remain relevant to the socio-political challenges of the years ahead.

Bob Witte (K0NR) (http://www.konr.com/wordpress) offers a video of Howard’s address and discusses the implications of his proposed programs.

Here is the complete text and video from Bob:

ARRL CEO HOWARD/WB2ITX SPEAKS

The new CEO of the ARRL, Howard Michel /WB2ITX spoke at the Ham Radio University event on January 5, 2019. The video below is worth watching to hear Howard’s thoughts on the role of the ARRL. The first 26 minutes are good, but the Q&A session that follows suffers from no audio coverage of the audience.

HRU keynote speaker 1-5-2019 from autocrime1 on Vimeo.

I think Howard has a tough job ahead of him, leading the ARRL through the start of its Second Century, including some long overdue reinvention. He stated that the ARRL has three roles that must remain in balance: A Membership Association, a Business and a 501c3 Charity. This is an important point that not everyone understands.

Howard also talked about the need for a three-way partnership between ARRL members, local clubs and ARRL staff. This partnership is currently weak and needs an overhaul. Lots of opportunity to improve here and tap into the power of volunteer members and clubs.

The slide below shows the lack of success in attracting new hams to become ARRL members. Howard said “something is wrong with the value proposition.”

The ARRL is not attracting enough new hams into ARRL membership.

This next slide drives the point home that the makeup of ARRL members is very different than the general ham population. The slide is hard to see in my graphic but ARRL members are mostly Extra class and General Class licensees and only a small slice of Technicians. The non-members are dominated by Technician licensees. In some ways, this shouldn’t be a surprise…you’d expect ARRL members to more active in the hobby with a tendency toward obtaining higher class licenses. I don’t recall ever seeing this data before.

ARRL members predominantly hold Extra class licenses, non-members are predominantly Technicians.

Howard talked briefly about some work that is being done to analyze the “Spectrum of Hams.” This seems like a clumsy name to me, but it’s really just classic market segmentation work aimed at understanding groups of users. You clump together users or customers that have similar needs so you can do a better job of serving them. Done correctly, this is important and fundamental work required to enable a customer-driven strategy. OK, I said customer driven, in the ARRL context I should probably say member driven. Same idea. Very important and very fundamental.

Now, the resulting model may be wrong. Someone once said: All models are wrong, some are useful. You build this kind of model, test it, fix it, make it better. Sometimes the insight you get doing the work is actually more important than the model produced. I believe the ARRL has been missing this kind of strategic analysis.

A market segmentation for radio hams.

I am quite encouraged about what Howard is saying. I think he is poking in the right areas and applying the right set of tools. This will be difficult change management for the ARRL, so I don’t expect it will come easy or quickly. But it’s a start.

What do you think?

73 Bob K0NR

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Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio notes:

The Kohala Hamakua Radio Club invites you to “The Original Big Island of Hawaii International Swap Meet/Ham Fest on Saturday, 02 February 2019, at the Waimea Community Center.  The event runs between 0930 HST and 1400 HST. The venue includes a swap meet, vendor sales, an EMCOMM forum, guest speakers, and VE testing for new and upgraded amateur radio licenses.  For details, contact Steve Milner (WH6N0 at wh6n@arrl.net.

The Puna Emergency Radio Club is asking licensed Hawaii Island radio amateurs to support communications for the Sunday, 17 March 2019, Big Island International Marathon in Hilo, Hawaii.  Comms coordinator Sean Fendt (KH6SF) says that the race is “a prime opportunity to practice in-the-field radio skills, learn new operating techniques and network with fellow hams and others who help with the marathon…”  For details, contact Sean at 430-1884 or via email at sean@sfendt.net.

Alan Maenchen (AD6E/KH6TU) is now accepting registrations for his April 2019 online CW class.  The current class ends in February, so it’s not too early to join group.  According to Alan, “This is an on-line video chat meeting twice a week for an hour each.  Exact days and time could change depending on student availability.  Since this is an internet based virtual classroom, no commute is needed.  You can do this from home.  Technician class hams can participate and practice their skills on their 80,40, 15, and 10 M allocations.”


For the latest Amateur/Ham Radio news and information, please check the blog sidebars and links.  These news feeds are updated daily and weekly.  Thanks for joining us today.

Aloha es 73 de

Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

https://bigislandarrlnews.com

What’s trending in February 2019 “QST”, 21 Jan 2019


Welcome to the Monday afternoon edition of “Big Island ARRL News”.  Views expressed in this Amateur/Ham Radio news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.  Topics cited in this post come from Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio activities and messages from HQ ARRL, Newington, CT, 06111.

Accessed on 22 January 2019, 0045 UTC, Post 844.

Sources:

Dave Pacheco (AH6OD), Steve Milner (WH6N), Sean Fendt (KH6SF), and HQ ARRL.

Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio notes;

I just received a note from Dave Pacheco (AH6OD) that a new ham in Laupahoehoe (my home town) will soon “set up an RF UHF Simplex Node about a mile north of the charter school…”  As soon as I get more details, I’ll pass them along.

The Puna Emergency Radio Club (PERC) needs licensed Hawaii Island radio amateurs to help support communications for the Sunday, 17 March 2019, Big Island International Marathon in Hilo.  If you can help, please contact Sean Fendt (KH6SF) at 430-1884 or via email at sean@sfendt.net.

The Kohala Hamakua Radio Club (KHRC) proudly announces the return of the Big Island of Hawaii International Swap Meet/Hamfest on Saturday, 02 February 2019, at the Waimea Community Center, next to the ball field off the Mamalahoa Highway in Waimea (Kamuela).  The venue includes a swap meet, vendor sales, an EMCOMM forum, and VE testing for new and advanced amateur radio licenses.  For details, contact Steve Milner (WH6N) at wh6n@arrl.net.


HQ ARRL News Update:

Accessed on 22 January 2019, 0045 UTC.

ARRL members can now download the digital edition of the February 2019 “QST”.  Here’s the complete text from HQ ARRL, Newington, CT, 06111.

What’s trending in February 2019 QST

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Second Century: The Spectrum of Hams 
Read the thoughts of ARRL CEO Howard Michel, WB2ITX, about the increasingly fragmented landscape of Amateur Radio. Page 11

Field Deployable Mini-K9AY Loop
Try this antenna to improve reception on 30 and 40 meters. Page 41

Product Review: FlexRadio Systems FLEX-6400M HF and 6-Meter SDR Transceiver 
A deep dive into the features and performance of a sophisticated software-defined transceiver. Page 48

Member Spotlight: Dave Cripe, NM0S 
A “renaissance ham” with interests that range from music to history. Page 15

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For the latest Amateur/Ham Radio news and information, please check the blog sidebars and links.  These news feeds are updated daily and weekly.  Thanks for joining us today.

Aloha es 73 de

Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

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ARRL News-Features, 15 Jan 2019


Welcome to the Tuesday edition of “Big Island ARRL News.”  Views expressed in this Amateur/Ham Radio news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.  Topics cited in this post come from HQ ARRL, Newington, CT, 06111.

Accessed on 15 January 2019, 1615 UTC, Post 836.

Source:  http://www.arrl.org/news-features

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Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio notes:

The Original Big Island of Hawaii International Swap Meet/Ham Fest is coming to the Waimea Community Center on Saturday, 02 February 2019.  Doors open to the public at 0930 HST. The Waimea Community Center is next to the ball field off the Mamalahoa Highway in Waimea (Kamuela).  The event, sponsored by the Kohala Hamakua Radio Club, includes a swap meet, vendor sales, an EMCOMM forum, and VE testing for new and upgraded amaterur radio licenses.  There will be a $10 donation per table for sellers and a $5 donation for general admission. For details, contact Steve Milner (WH6N) at wh6n@arrl.net.

The Puna Emergency Radio Club is asking for licensed amateur/ham radio operators to help with communications support for the Sunday, 17 March 2019 Big Island International Marathon in Hilo, Hawaii.  According to comms coordinator Sean Fendt (KH6SF), the race is “a prime opportunity to practice in-the-field radio skills, learn new operating techniques and network with fellow hams and others who help with the marathon…”  For more information, contact Sean at 430-1884 or via email at sean@sfendt.net.

The online CW class mentored by Alan Maenchen (AD6E/KH6TU) is underway. Alan says a new online CW class will begin sometime in April 2019.  Alan adds that the class “is an online video chat meeting twice a week for eight weeks for an hour each.  Exact days and time could change depending on student availability.  Since this is an internet based virtual classroom, no commute is needed.  You can do this from home.  Technician class hams can participate and practice their skills on the 80, 40, 15, and 10M CW allocations.”  For more information, please visit this website:

https://cwops.org/cw-academy-2/

For the latest Amateur/Ham Radio news and information, please check the blog sidebars and links. These news feeds are updated daily and weekly.  Thanks for joining us today.

Aloha es 73 de

Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

https://bigislandarrlnews.com

QRZ NOW: Latest Posts, 14-15 Jan 2019


Here’s the latest amateur/ham radio news update from “Big Island ARRL News.”  Views expressed in this news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.  Topics cited in this post are from the current edition of QRZ NOW (https://qrznow.com/latest-posts).

Accessed on 15 January 2019, 0334 UTC, Post 834.

Source:  https://qrznow.com/latest-posts/

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Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio notes:

The Puna Emergency Radio Club is asking license radio amateurs to help provide communications support for the Sunday, 17 March 2019, Big Island International Marathon in Hilo, Hawaii. If you can help, please call comms coordinator, Sean Fendt (KH6SF) at 430-1884 or via email at sean@sfendt.net.

Alan Maenchen (AD6E/KH6TU) says his current online CW class is doing well. Alan will hold another online CW class beginning in April 2019.  Be sure to register early to confirm your seat at this video chat CW class.  For more information, please visit this website:

https://cwops.org/cw-academy-2/

The Original Big Island of Hawaii International Swap Meet/Ham Fest is set for Saturday, 02 February 2019, at the Waimea Community Center, next to the ball field off the Mamalahoa Highway in Waimea (Kamuela).  The event is sponsored by the Kohala Hamakua Radio Club (KHRC).  This is an island-wide event, so be sure to spread the word to your friends. Doors open to the public at 0930 HST.  The venue includes a swap meet, vendor sales, an EMCOMM forum, and VE testing for new and upgraded amateur radio licenses.  For details, contact Steve Milner (WH6N) at wh6n@arrl.net.

For the latest Amateur/Ham Radio news and information, please check the blog sidebars and links.  These news feeds are updated daily and weekly. Thanks for joining us today.

Aloha es 73 de

Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

https://bigislandarrlnews.com

The Original Big Island of Hawaii International Swap Meet/Hamfest


Accessed on 21 November 2018, 0540 UTC, Post 775.

Source:

Email message from Steve Miller (WH6N) and the Kohala Hamakua Radio Club.

Comment:

The Original Big Island International Swap Meet/Hamfest returns to the Waimea Community Center (Hawaii Island) on Saturday, 02 February 2019.  Here’s a brief outline of the events scheduled for that day:

On 11/20/18, Steve Milner <smilner@keck.hawaii.edu> wrote:
>> The Original Big Island of Hawaii International Swap meet / Ham Fest
>>
>> The Big Island of Hawaii International Swap meet will be Saturday
>> February
>> 2nd, 2019 at the Waimea Community Center, next to the ball field off
>> Mamalahoa Highway in Waimea (Kamuela).
>>
>> There will be a 10.00 donation per table per seller.
>> A 5.00 donation per attendee at time of registration.
>>
>> Schedule:
>> 8:00am – breakfast at Hawaiian Style Cafe
>> 9:00am – vendor setup
>> 9:30am – Doors open to public. Be sure to get your raffle tickets for the
>> “Big ticket items”
>> 10:30 am – 11:30 am – EMCOMM forum – Presentations in adjoining room.
>> 12:00pm – Swap meet closes
>> 1:00pm – VE testing (a good time to upgrade your license)
>> 2:00pm – Event comes to a close
>>
>> Guest Speakers this year:
>>
>> This year we are planning to have a forum about emergency communications
>> on
>> Hawaii Island.  We will have guest speakers and  round table discussions.
>> Among the topics for discussion: Exercise planning, community
>> relationships,
>> digital formats, repeater systems, and how better to organize our island
>> communication resources.  All Hams interested in emergency communications
>> are invited.
>>
>> Testing:
>>
>> Persons desiring to test for initial license or upgrade are asked to
>> please
>> bring a current drivers’ license or passport, a copy of their current FCC
>> license or CSCE if applicable, and $15.00 in exact change (ARRL fee for
>> 2018).  Any questions, please call Steve Milner, ARRL VE  at 808-938-8437
>> before the test date.
>>
>> Information:
>>
>> There will be surprise giveaways throughout the day.
>>
>> Please note: This is a non-commercial event that promotes the trading of
>> equipment and information between hams and the general public and to
>> promote
>> the open exchange of exploring Ham radio as a hobby.
>>
>> Talk in 146.940 Maui Repeater, 147.32 Waimea, and 443.650 (100 Hz tone)
>> Kona
>> This is an event sponsored by the Kohala Hamakua Radio Club (KHRC).
>> This is an Island wide event, be sure to tell all your radio friends.
>> See you there!
>> For more information contact: Steve Milner – wh6n@arrl.net


For the latest Amateur/Ham Radio news and information, please check the blog sidebars and links. These news feeds are updated daily and weekly.

Please send your Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio news items to kh6jrm@arrl.net for inclusion in this blog and for submission to our local print, online, and broadcast media.

Thanks for joining us today.

Aloha es 73 de

Russell Roberts (KH6JRM0

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

Big Island ARRL News, Sunday, 14 January 2018


Big Island ARRL News, 14 January 2018, 0445 UTC, Post #426

Big Island of Hawaii International Swap Meet/Hamfest a big success.

On Saturday, 13 January 2018, Hawaii radio amateurs gathered at the Waimea Community Center to participate in the Big Island of Hawaii International Swap Meet/Hamfest.  The Kohala Hamakua Radio Club organized the event, which included a ham radio equipment/electronics swap meet, a panel of distinguished guest speakers, and a VE test session for amateur radio licenses.  Many thanks to Steve Milner (WH6N) and the Kohala Hamakua Radio Club for sponsoring this annual meeting.

Hawaii County CERT schedules new basic training course.

When disaster strikes your area, will you know what to do?  You will if you register for the updcoming East Hawaii CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) Training Course in Hilo.  The basic CERT Training Course will be held on four successive Saturdays:  20 January, 27 January, 03 February, and 10 February 2018 at the Aupuni Conference Room in Hilo.  CERT training provides you with knowledge and skills to prepare for and properly respond to an emergency impacting yourself, your family, and your community.  To reserve your spot, pleas go to Eventbrite:  https://certhilo.eventbrite.com.

New series of Technician License Prep Classes to be offered around Hawaii Island.

Beginning in February, 2018, a new series of Technician Class Amateur Radio License Preparation Classes will be offered at four Hawaii Island locations.

In Hilo, the prep classes begin on 15 February in the Aupuni Conference Room, with the exam set for 22 March 2018.

In Kona, the technician prep class begins on 22 March at the West Hawaii Civic Center in Kona, with the exam set for 26 April 2018.

In Ocean View, the technician prep class starts on 03 May at the HOVE Community Center, with the exam set for 07 June 2018.

In Keaau, the technician prep class begins on 01 November 2018 at the Keaau Community Center, with the exam set for 13 December 2018.

For more information, please contact Doug Wilson (KH7DQ) at douscelle@aol.com


For the latest Amateur Radio news and information, please check the blog sidebars and links.  These news feeds are updated daily and weekly.  Thanks for joining us today.  The views expressed in this blog are mine unless otherwise stated.

Please send your Hawaii Island Amateur Radio news stories to kh6jrm@arrl.net at least two weeks prior to your event so I can notify our local print and broadcast media in a timely manner.

Aloha es 73 de

Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

 

 

Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2098 for Friday, January 12, 2018


Big Island ARRL News, 13 January 2018, Post #425.

Source:

https://www.arnewsline.org

Editors:  Caryn Eve Murray (KD2GUT) and Neil Rapp (WB9VPG).

Please click link to download script and podcast.

Here are the top stories covered in this week’s edition of the “Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2098”:

– SILENT KEY: DEATH OF A DXer
– ARRL FACING CHALLENGES OVER POLICIES, CODES, LOBBYING
– TWO FOR THE ROAD AT WRTC 2018
– “DIPLOMAS” FOR VOLUNTEERS AT WRTC 2018
– HAM RADIO UNIVERSITY CLASSES IN SESSION
– COOPERATION AND CONSOLIDATION IN CANADA
– WHY K3Y KEEPS THE CODE COMING
– HAMVENTION PICKS COMMUNITY SERVICE THEME
– FRIENDSHIP AND FOCUS IN THE PHILIPPINES
– ‘SERGIO AND SERGEI’ IS A HIT
– WORLD OF DX
– THE SKY’S NOT FALLING BUT…..

SCRIPT

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Big Island of Hawaii International Swap Meet/Hamfest

This Saturday, 13 January 2018, will be a big day for Hawaii radio amateurs.  The Big Island of Hawaii International Swap Meet/Hamfest gets underway at 0930 HST at the Waimea Community Center in Kamuela.  The event is sponsored by the Kohala Hamakua Radio Club and will feature a ham radio equipment/electronics swap meet, a panel of distinguished guest speakers, and a VE test session for amateur radio licenses.  Vendor admission is $10, while general admission is only $5.  The swap meet will run from 0930 HST to 1200 HST.  Guest speakers will present their topics at 1200 HST.  VE testing for amateur radio licenses begins at 1300 HST.  For details, contact Steve Milner (WH6N)–wh6n@arrl.net.

For the latest Amateur Radio news and information, please check the blog sidebars and links.  These news feeds are updated daily and weekly.  Views expressed in these updates are those of the reporters and correspondents unless otherwise stated.

Please send your Hawaii Island Amateur Radio news items to kh6jrm@arrl.net at least two weeks prior to your event so I can notify our local print and broadcast media in a timely manner.  Thanks for joining us today.

Aloha es 73 de

Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section